DHEC supports FDA, CDC COVID-19 booster shot recommendations

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Friday issued a statement supporting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots.

DHEC Public Health Director, Dr. Brannon Traxler, said that the move is “an important step in our continued efforts to keep our families and friends safe.”

She went on to explain that “data shows that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has decline faster in the elderly, as well as individuals with underlying health conditions. In addition, we need ensure our workforce that is regularly exposed to the public, such as healthcare workers, continue to be protected to the fullest extent.”

Based on CDC recommendations, the following groups are eligible:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

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